British Security Industry Association (BSIA) endorsed national paper and IT shredding business, PHS Datashred, is celebrating being awarded the BSI 14001:2004 standard for its commitment to reducing environmental impact.
BSI 14001:2004 is an international award to assist organisations in developing an environmental management system. Businesses are responsible for setting their own targets and the standard assists them in meeting their sustainable objectives.
PHS Datashred wrote an environmental management system that included a range of procedures designed to reduce fuel usage in collection vehicles by increasing miles per gallon by 5%, to lower waste sent to landfill by 5% and to reduce energy usage by 5%. These objectives were achieved ahead of time and fully audited at depots in Crayford, Rotherham, Livingston, Manchester and Enfield.
PHS Datashred smashed the fuel usage target by nearly 25%, a full 20% over the agreed aim. This reduction in energy cost and carbon emissions helped the company to win 'Fleet initiative of the year' at the National Recycling Awards.
Anthony Pearlgood, commercial director at PHS Datashred, said: "This accreditation recognises our commitment to reducing our environmental damage and sustainable business excellence. The fact we won a prestigious national recycling award on the back of our efforts is testament to our staff's dedication towards making PHS Datashred an even greener company. The introduction of a comprehensive business-wide environmental standard ensures customers benefit from a high quality service that considers environmental impact at every stage. We have worked hard to develop our sustainable practices. For example, all staff switch off computers, lights and air con when not needed, utilise recycling bins on site, minimise general waste and drive efficiently."
This award adds to PHS Datashred's growing credentials. The company has already been presented with the ISO 9001 quality management system and the ServiceMark by the Institute of Customer Service.